WFC Scheme

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What we're doing

The Waipaoa River Flood Control Scheme (the scheme) was designed in 1949 and was completed in 1969. It was valued by Council in 2009 at $35.7 million which excluded the 638 hectares of land owned by Council as part of the scheme. 

The scheme is considered to be one of Council’s most valuable assets. It protects some 10,000 hectares of fertile floodplain land and has increased the amount of land being used for high yield horticultural purposes.

The scheme includes 64km of stopbank and associated assets located approximately between Te Karaka township and the Waipaoa river mouth.

About the project

The project is designed to improve capacity of the existing flood control scheme and: 

♦ increase the top width of the existing stopbanks to 4m and raise the height between 1-2 metres in some places
♦ maintain flood protection for a one-in-100-year flood event (or a 1% chance of that sized storm occurring in any one year)
♦ account for the effects of climate change out to 2090
♦ address river bank erosion

For more information and to see the project timeline The Waipaoa Flood Protection Scheme [PDF, 555 KB]

Project timeline

29 June 2017: Resource consent application formally lodged.

June 2017 to September 2018: 13 properties have been purchased for the project totalling $1.57 million, with 3 still to be purchased. The purchases were either sites to source borrow material, of the stopbank footprint. The remaining property acquisitions are expected to be completed by July 2018. The total land purchase cost estimate is forecast to be around $1.8m.

26 October 2018 - resource consent was approved to undertake the stopbank improvements. Resource consent was declined for the provision to allow for cycle trails to be constructed along the stopbanks.

December 2018 - Tender for stage 1 of the stopbank improvements awarded to local company Earthworks Solutions Ltd.

February 2019 - April 2019: Construction on first section of eastern stopbank (approx between Ford and Ferry Roads).

Summer 2019/20: Construction continues from Waipaoa River mouth working upstream along the eastern stopbank (5-8km per summer ongoing).

2031: Project completed and scheme fully operational.  

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